We are delighted to announce that our physical office is re-opening to our existing and new clients. To provide safety to both our clients and staff, we are adapting the CDC guidelines for social distancing while we are in the yellow phase. Rest assured, that we have and will continue to regularly clean all areas of the office especially the high-traffic areas. All attorneys and staff will have their temperature taken daily and will be wearing masks when interacting with clients. Any attorneys and staff with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher will work remotely. They will then be required to follow CDCrecommended steps, including not returning to work until the CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation are met.

As the health and safety of our clients and their families is our top priority, we are asking that our clients follow the procedures below during the yellow phase:

  1. Upon entering the building, we ask that all persons wash their hands or hand-sanitize. We will be providing access to soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  2. We will also be taking temperatures with non-contact thermometers upon entering the office.
  3. Our office is set-up to comply with social distancing of six feet. In the conference and mediation rooms we are asking that each person sit a minimum of one chair apart from attorneys and/or staff at all times.
  4. Masks are available and will be provided open request.
  5. Teleconferences Zoom meetings, and FaceTime are available in lieu of inperson meetings if requested.
  6. We will continue to have the drop-box available for delivery of documents.

In the event that anyone is sick or have been exposed to COVID-19, we ask that you reschedule your appointment or utilize the electronic forums listed above.

As each county determines the procedures that will be followed, please ask your attorney of the specific procedures regarding the county in which your case in pending.

Please note that we will also continue to accommodate the needs of new clients, who are welcome, and as always we encourage and appreciate referrals. During this uncertain and unprecedented time, please stay safe and remember that Sweeney Law Office, LLC will remain by your side for all of your family’s legal needs. We ask that you have patience during this challenging time.

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Sharing a Pennsylvania child custody matter with school

A child custody matter in Pennsylvania may take time to discuss and agree upon as parents determine what the best situation will be for the children involved. Many families make the decision to divorce in the summer, when they have time to create custody arrangements without the hassle of dealing with school pick-up and drop-off. As the new school year fast approaches, parents who have divorced or are in the process may question how to ensure their child’s school is aware of the child custody matter.

Custody arrangements and allowance of personal information regarding the child to a non-custodial parent is unique in every situation. Court documents may help administrators understand which of the parents are allowed to be given certain information. This could include access to school events or conferences, grades and the performance or behavior of the child while on campus.

In arrangements where one parent may not have access to their child without permission or supervision, some may find it important to notify the school for the protection of the child. A school may also need to know who the custodial parent is in the event of an illness or injury. Either a judgment or temporary order can be provided to the school to help keep administrators aware of what is occurring in the home.

A parent in Pennsylvania who has a child enrolled in a daycare or uses a babysitter may also find it imperative to provide the caregiver with the legal information regarding the child custody matter. This can help to ensure their children are safe and caregivers do not become confused. A person may choose to create a formal custody arrangement and communicate it with the teachers and adults in their child’s life to help create a firm boundary as the family moves through the transition of divorce.

Source: wotv4women.com, “What you need to know about divorce and school security“, Gail Saukas, Aug. 8, 2014

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